Recently, Mr. Frisby got a bonus. We were thrilled, immediately thinking of all the things we could get for our new house with the bonus money. Then, a couple of days ago, I was out in the backyard and saw a scene much like this:
They were crawling out of a piece of wood near the patio - swarms of them! My first thought was termites. But, they looked a little like ants and I, having never seen a termite before, chose to think positively and assume they were ants. So, I called Mr. Frisby to see what we had that I could spray them with to kill them. He suggested Round-Up. I wanted something closer to where I was, so I chose CLR. You know, the kitchen/bathroom cleaner. It killed them immediately and then our patio was littered with carcasses. When Mr. Frisby got home, he looked at them and decided they were not ants. So, we googled termites and found the above picture. And, that was exactly what was now all over our patio.
The Terminix man came yesterday to do the free inspection. He looked at our patio battlefield and confirmed our fears. He then went under the house and found evidence there as well. Fortunately, these termites are the subterranean variety so we don't have to have our house tented. But, the extermination process is still pricey. Can you guess where Mr. Frisby's bonus is going?